Dear Readers,

Many readers of Corps Relay will no doubt share our own concerns regarding the seemingly worsening trend of serious crimes being committed by young riders of Mopeds, who are often accompanied by pillion passengers. In the past week alone, there have been several serious Moped attacks in the London area, including an armed robbery against a watch shop in Fleet Street, and a Moped gang mugging incident a few days ago in the Liverpool Street area.

So what can be done to deter such attacks? And what can be done to mitigate the impact of such attacks when they take place?

These questions have perplexed the Police service too, and in recent weeks the Met Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, outlined a number of steps that the Met will be taking. Commissioner Dick has said that the theft of mopeds and their use in snatching mobile phones or spraying acid on victims has helped to fuel what she described as “a trend, not a spike” in violent crime.

Moped thefts have increased dramatically in the past two years: in October, 2015, thieves stole 1,009 mopeds in the capital. In April this year they stole 1,598, a rise of 60%.

Significantly, some suspects have practised their crime, of riding up to victims and snatching their phones. iPhones are a popular target and, if stolen while in use and unlocked, can be wiped, reprogrammed and sold on the black market for £200.

Such attacks have mostly been carried out by two people on one bike, with the pillion passenger snatching the phone.

The latest steps by the Met to address the trends include the following:

  • The Police will continue to pursue escaping Moped thieves, even if they take off their helmets. People think if they take off their helmets the police will cease pursuits but that is not the case
  • The Met has doubled the number of pursuits and that will continue, particularly with the introduction of new bikesOfficers have been issued with new, faster and lighter motorbikes on which to pursue suspects. Crucially, the new bikes have no bulky panniers which have, in the past, stopped pursuits along very narrow streets
  • Police have been issued with remote-controlled “pro-spikes” which shoot out rows of metal spikes to puncture suspects’ tyres, like the “stingers” used to stop cars
  • A new tagging spray, with a unique DNA code, is being used on suspects and their Mopeds so they can be linked forensically to their crimes

The Met is also stating that in the past three months their new tactics have reduced moped thefts by 25% and Moped-enabled crime by 24%.

For our readers the trend may seem to be increasing, rather than decreasing, so what can we all be doing to deter, and mitigate the effects of such attacks?

Steps we can all take include the following:

  • Ensure that all of your staff/colleagues are made aware of the threat from Moped crime and gangs
  • Make vigilance, and awareness of the threat a top business priority (mobile phones and all portable devices are at risk)
  • Remember! Moped gangs/individuals are often armed, sometimes with firearms, or knives/machetes, or acid!
  • Keep plenty of cool water available at Reception points so that any victims of acid attacks can be treated by trained first-aiders
  • Advise staff and colleagues not to use mobile phones when walking along streets
  • Ask all of your colleagues to be ‘spotters’ for unusual activity by Moped riders – look out for riders dressed in all black clothing and wearing helmets when dismounting from their machines
  • Be aware of any pre-attack hostile reconnaissance! Moped gangs will frequently conduct such reconnaissance to:
    • learn about their targets
    • identify opening and closing hours
    • discover if security teams are deployed
    • identify whether CCTV is operating
    • establish whether Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (e.g. blockers; bollards) is in place
  • Have you installed Panic Alarm Buttons? If so, when did you last test them?
  • Do you have lock down procedures?
  • Report all suspicious activity, especially by youths who may loitering around your premises

Additional ‘Top Tips’:

  • Restrict both pedestrian and vehicular access to your premises to authorised persons and vehicles only
  • Maintain a good flow of intelligence and information, including close liaison with local Police
  • Have the right calibre of trained people in place, including well trained Security teams
  • Carry out regular tests (including Penetration Tests) and drills of all security and safety systems
  • Implement both internal and external security audits
  • Ensure that Contingency and Emergency plans are in place and are easily accessible for all relevant personnel
  • Always ensure that Security teams are alert to suspicious behaviour and activity in or around your subject premises or environment!
  • REMEMBER! It is vital that Access Control and anti-tailgating measures are as robust as possible, and that unauthorised persons are not allowed to gain access to your premises!

 

 

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK was decreased on 27th May 2017 and is now assessed as SEVERE

 

The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain

In Northern Ireland it is SEVERE and in Great Britain it is SUBSTANTIAL

NOTE:

  • CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
  • SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
  • MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely

 

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the Police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline on:

0800 789 321

REPORT IT!

You may end up saving a life or lives… and there is nothing more rewarding than that…

The following telephone numbers may be useful:

  • Corps Security Central Support 0141 847 2044
  • Specific advice on Counter-Terrorism matters 07773 320234

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Manhattan Truck

Dear Readers,

Following on from last evening’s Terrorist incident in Manhattan, please note the following:

SUMMARY OF THE INCIDENT

  • Eight people were killed and 11 persons inured on Tuesday afternoon after a truck was driven into a cycleway in lower Manhattan. The location is very close to the site of the 9/11 memorial
  • The assailant was shot in the stomach by police after he exited the truck. Officials later said a pellet gun and paintball gun had been found and some reports state that the assailant shouted ‘Allahu Akbar!’
  • The assailant who is allegedly, of Uzbeki descent, is apparently resident in the USA legally
  • Other, as yet unconfirmed reports, suggested a note or notes had also been found in or near the truck, but these could not be verified
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the incident was being treated as an act of terror

THE IMPLICATIONS FOR US ALL

This attack reinforces the need to maintain the highest level of vigilance and awareness regarding vehicle ram attacks, and indeed all other forms of terror tactics. These can include: Hot and cold weapons; MFTA (‘Swarm’) attacks; Suicide Bombings; IED and VBIEDs; Acid attacks; and of course Vehicle ram attacks

As a consequence of the above we pose some questions below which we hope will assist you to take practical steps to mitigate the threats from terrorism, including the deployment of IEDs, and vehicle ramming attacks:

  • Are you satisfied with your existing access control physical measures?
  •  Have you assessed whether Hostile Vehicle Mitigation measures are required?
  • Is entry to your premises or estates adequately controlled?
  • Can you deploy security personnel to perimeter areas which enable them to safely look out for vehicles being driven at excessive speed?
  • Are reporting mechanism fast enough to enable prompt activation of lockdowns in the event of a suspect IED being found, or a speeding vehicle being detected?
  • Who has operational control of Security?
  • Are your personnel trained to understand and identify hostile reconnaissance?
  • What contingency plans exist to address situations where someone or something worrying or suspicious is discovered?
  • Do you have updated evacuation and invacuation contingency plans?
  • Are reporting procedures adequate in terms of escalation of concerns, and police support?

‘Top Tips’:

  •  Restrict both pedestrian and vehicular access to authorised persons and vehicles only
  • Maintain a good flow of intelligence and information, including close liaison with local Police and Counter-Terrorism advisors
  • Have the right calibre of trained people in place, including well trained Security teams
  • Carry out regular tests (including Penetration Tests) and drills of all security and safety systems
  • Implement both internal and external security audits
  • Ensure that Contingency and Emergency plans are in place and are easily accessible for all relevant personnel
  • Always ensure that Security teams are alert to suspicious behaviour and activity in or around your subject premises or environment!
  • REMEMBER! It is vital that Access Control and anti-tailgating measures are as robust as possible, and that unauthorised persons are not allowed to gain access to your premises!

 

 

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK was decreased on 27th May 2017 and is now assessed as SEVERE

 

The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain

In Northern Ireland it is SEVERE and in Great Britain it is SUBSTANTIAL

NOTE:

  • CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
  • SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
  • MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely

 

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the Police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline on:

0800 789 321

REPORT IT!

You may end up saving a life or lives… and there is nothing more rewarding than that…

The following telephone numbers may be useful:

  • Corps Security Central Support 0141 847 2044
  • Specific advice on Counter-Terrorism matters 07773 320234

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Hello and Welcome to this latest edition of Corps Relay…

…the newsletter designed to help you protect your people and property whilst giving important updates from the world of security.

In this issue we start with the Barcelona Attacks, giving the information we know, as well as some top tips on how to help prevent such attacks.

We then discuss the recent rise in acid attacks before detailing how the “Three Musketeers” have been found guilty of planning a terrorist attack on British soil.

Finally, we give an update on further developments around armed policing in the UK.

Deadly Terrorist Vehicle Ramming Attack in Barcelona

What we know so far:

A white van was intentionally rammed/crashed into a packed summer crowd this evening (Thursday 17 August) in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas district. Barcelona police called it a terror attack. Reports thus far indicate at least 12 people killed and 80 injured.

Islamic State (Daesh) claimed responsibility for the attack, however the terror group frequently declares that it is behind terrorist incidents, although their claims should always be treated with caution.

The driver was arrested some two and a half hours after the attack, and a second suspect was also subsequently arrested. Police shot dead a third man who drove at officers at a checkpoint. It is unclear whether he was connected to the Las Ramblas attack. Las Ramblas, is a busy tree-lined promenade in the centre of the city, and is very popular with tourists.

One of the arrested men was named by police as Driss Oukabir, a Moroccan national who resides in Spain. He is suspected of renting the van.

What can we do to help prevent or mitigate such attacks?

Maintaining vigilance is key! Of course, vigilance is not the exclusive domain of security personnel, and readers and customers are reminded to encourage all staff and contractors at their premises to be alert, and vigilant to any suspicious behaviour, or activity.

 

Please ask yourselves the following questions relating to the security of your own premises:

  • Are you applying the ‘onion skin’ principle of layered security, and defensive space? Can you extend outwards the first checking points for visitors?
  • Is it feasible for you to arrange for visitors, whether pedestrians or in vehicles to be checked initially at outer gates, rather than allow entry to internal Reception areas?
  • Have you assessed whether Hostile Vehicle Mitigation measures are required?
  • If you have HVM assets installed at your premises/site, are you actually using them on a regular basis?
  • Can you deploy security personnel to perimeter areas which enable them to safely look out for vehicles being driven at excessive speed?
  • Are reporting mechanisms fast enough to enable prompt activation of lockdowns in the event of a shooter getting on to your premises, or a speeding vehicle being detected?
  • Who has operational control?
  • Are your personnel trained to understand and identify hostile reconnaissance?
  • What contingency plans exist to address situations where someone or something worrying or suspicious is discovered?
  • Do you have updated evacuation and invacuation contingency plans?
  • Are reporting procedures adequate in terms of escalation of concerns, and police support?

 

‘Top Tips’:

  • Restrict both pedestrian and vehicular access to authorised persons and vehicles only
  • Use and operate your HVM assets on a regular basis
  • Maintain a good flow of intelligence and information, including close liaison with  local Police and Counter-Terrorism advisors
  • Have the right calibre of trained people in place, including well trained Security teams
  • Carry out regular tests (including Penetration Tests) and drills of all security and safety systems
  • Implement both internal and external security audits
  • Ensure that Contingency and Emergency plans are in place and are easily accessible for all relevant personnel
  • Always ensure that Security teams are alert to suspicious behaviour and activity in or around your subject premises or environment!

REMEMBER!

It is vital that Access Control and anti-tailgating measures are as robust as possible, and that unauthorised persons are not allowed to gain access to your premises!

REMEMBER!

That it is vital that everyone looks out for hostile reconnaissance, and that any suspicious activity is reported in real-time!

 

Second Terror Attack close to Barcelona, in Cambrils!

Earlier today we learned that Spanish police have killed five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils in order to prevent another vehicle attack, following the earlier attack yesterday in Barcelona.

Spanish police report that the men, were wearing explosive belts, and were linked to the first attack. Significantly, the Spanish authorities are now also linking the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils with an explosion at a house on Wednesday evening in the town of Alcanar that left one person dead. It is being reported that residents at the Alcanar house had been “preparing an explosive device.

In Cambrils itself, seven people, including a police officer, were wounded when a car was driven into them early on Friday. One person is in a critical condition.

It is also being reported that the attackers’ vehicle overturned, and when the men got out they were quickly neutralised by police.

Here at Corps Relay, we consider that given that there have been two attacks so close together involving a sizeable number of people, indicates that there is a well organised Jihadist group (or groups) operating in Catalonia at this time. It is not yet known whether this group is taking its orders direct from Daesh (Islamic State leadership), but as stated earlier in this issue, Daesh will be quick to claim responsibility for these attacks to bolster their ‘reputation’ following continuing losses on the main battlefields of Syria, and Iraq.

 

Acid Attacks on the Increase

There has been a worrying spate of acid attacks in London in recent weeks. Whether they are gang related, theft related or just random attacks, it has become clear to see that acid (of different types, including household cleaning fluids) has become a popular weapon for criminals.

Corps Security has distributed guidance information that was published by SP Services on how to treat a victim of an acid attack. A summary is below, but if you would like the full content then please contact the Corps Relay team.

The main aim of any burn treatment is to stop the burning process as quickly as possible

  • Remove all contaminated clothing and jewellery near the affected area
  • Cool the burn with copious amounts of cool running water for at least 20 minutes, as soon as possible after the initial contact
  • Keep the victim warm, but don’t put blankets/fresh clothes over the inflicted area
  • Cover the burn with cling film
  • Keep the patient upright, especially if face or eyes are burnt
  • Minor burns can be treated with paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • The patient should go to hospital if showing signs of shock, it has burnt through the first layer of skin or if the burn affects any of the following areas: eyes, hands, feet, face, groin or buttocks, or a major joint such as the knee or elbow

 

Don’t forget: ‘Cool, Call and Cover’

Cool the burn.

Call for help.

Cover with cling film or a sterile non-fluffy dressing.

For information regarding this or for PPE for acid attacks, SP Services can be contacted on the below number:

01952 288 999

 

‘Three Musketeers’ Jailed

Three men, nicknamed “The Three Musketeers”, and an aide have been found guilty of planning a terrorist attack involving a pipe bomb and a meat cleaver targeting the military or the police.

Naweed Ali, Mohibur Rahman, Khobaib Hussain – The ‘Three Musketeers’ – and Tahir Aziz were found guilty at the end of a 20 week trial. They were originally arrested on 26th August 2016 after a sting operation uncovered a bag of weapons including a pipe bomb, an air pistol and a meat cleaver with the word kafir (unbeliever) scratched onto it. Counter-terrorism officials believe it is one of the most significant terror plots they’ve thwarted in the previous year.

The ‘Three Musketeers’ have been jailed for a minimum of 20 years apiece, whereas Aziz was ordered to serve a minimum of 15. Three of the four have previous terrorism convictions.

 

Armed Police Officers to be issued with new Head Mounted Cameras

The Met Police have announced that Head-mounted cameras are due to be issues to police officers who carry an “overt” firearm in an effort to provide “greater transparency” in police shootings.

The rollout, part of one of the largest rollouts of body worn cameras by police in the world, will see cameras fitted to baseball caps and ballistic helmets of officers patrolling the streets of London. Body worn cameras are not new to the Met Police. They were trialled after Mark Duggan was shot be armed officers in August 2011, but were branded as “unfit-for-purpose” in 2015 due to the positioning of them on the officer. Once a firearm was raised by the officer the image was blocked and thus the cameras were found to be not all that useful.Met Police Commander Matt Twist, has said that armed officers “very much welcome” the cameras. He is also recorded as saying “The cameras also offer greater transparency for those in front of the camera as well as those behind it”.

Body-mounted cameras have already been issued to officers in 30 London Boroughs, as well as officers from transport units, territorial support group and the dog unit.

Future issues of Corps Relay will continue to provide updates on policing and security here in the UK.  In the meantime the international terror threat level in the UK remains at severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely”.

 

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK was decreased on 27th May 2017 and is now assessed as SEVERE

 

The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain

In Northern Ireland it is SEVERE and in Great Britain it is SUBSTANTIAL

NOTE:

  • CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
  • SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
  • MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely

 

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

REPORT IT!

You may end up saving a life or lives… and there is nothing more rewarding than that…

For further information, or for back copies of Corps Relay, feel free to contact our team direct on 020 7566 0516 or via

e-mail at mbluestone@corpssecurity.co.uk or ebrooksbank@corpssecurity.co.uk

 

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Global Cyber Attack Special Bulletin

Hello and welcome to this special issue of Corps Relay, aimed at providing you with the important information you need to know to protect you and your business.

We at Corps Relay are aware that many of our readers will be concerned about the cyber-attack that hit the NHS and many other companies globally last Friday. So, what actually happened?

  • The malware – WannaCry – seems to have spread via a computer virus known as a worm. This means it can move around a network by itself instead of relying on humans to spread it by clicking on attachments
  • The malware was asking for a random of $300 (£230) to decrypt the files on the machine
  • There were believed to be more than 200,000 victims in 150 different countries
  • Organisations that were hit range from the Russian Interior Ministry to Fedex to Renault
  • 48 NHS health trusts were hit causing hospitals, GP surgeries and trusts to resort to paper and pen, as well as meaning that ambulances had to be diverted to other hospitals. Routine appointments and operations had also been cancelled
  • Security blogger, known as MalwareTech, accidentally halted the spread of the malware by finding what appeared to be a “kill switch” in the software’s code. However this doesn’t repair computers that were already infected

City of London Police has issued a protection alert in the wake of this attack. You can find it HERE

From our own experience, we understand how it is essential for there to be an air gap between your operational server and your back up server. If anyone has any specific concerns and wish to consult with cyber security specialists we are happy to refer you to our trusted cyber security partner, QCC Global. They can be contacted via their London office as follows

Tel: 0207 205 2100

Website: www.qccglobal.com

Corps Complete from Corps Security, the leading provider of specialist security services, is a fully integrated service solution that expertly combines the use of manned guarding and technology. Having successfully implemented Corps Complete across a variety of different organisations in a diverse array of vertical sectors, Corps Security believes that facilities managers have the potential to enjoy significant cost savings and operational efficiencies from this innovative approach to security provision.

Corps Complete is based on a holistic view that avoids sub-dividing various services into separate departments and cost centres. It enables Corps Security to assure a comprehensive solution that focuses attention on configuring the most efficient platform for manned guarding and electronic surveillance activities.

‘Our experience has shown that a silo approach to service delivery can lead to a fragmented situation on the ground, where security measures are either missing or even duplicated – a situation that exposes an organisation to unnecessary risk and financial expense,’ said Mark Rogers, Corps Security’s Major Accounts Development Director. ‘Avoiding these scenarios is at the heart of Corps Complete. The service begins with a thorough definition of client and site needs, followed by a detailed survey of the physical premises, culminating in our expert recommendations for the most effective security solution.’

Corps Complete has proven to be highly successful in reducing security expenditure, especially since the cost of manned guarding is for ever increasing. Employing personnel to do a job that can be done just as effectively using technology makes little sense, for example, it isn’t necessary to assign a security officer to operate barriers for the occasional site visitor, do temperature checks, conduct internal patrols or carry out on site CCTV monitoring and alarm setting.

Deploying Corps Complete has already resulted in cost reductions of up to 37 per cent on some sites, without any detriment to security levels through carefully combining manned guarding with electronic surveillance and remote monitoring services offered by Corps Monitoring. This utilises state-of-the-art technology to excellent effect and the implementation of IP based video and audio transmitter/recorder technology can provide the earliest possible warning of a security threat and enables the effective deployment of manned security personnel when needed.

Corps Security’s Mark Rogers concluded, ‘Facilities managers are under enormous pressure to squeeze as much as they can from their budgets. Many consider technology to be more expensive than employing a physical presence, yet the cost of a 24/7 security officer presence on-site can be up to £100,000 per annum. However, just as manned guarding should not be the default option, technology should never automatically replace a human presence. Risks, threats and dangers should always be assessed and acted upon accordingly and that’s why Corps Complete looks at the unique requirements of each organisation and configures a solution that offers maximum protection and minimum cost.’

For further information please contact Corps Security on 0207 566 0500 or E:  info@corpssecurity.co.uk